First week of the Fringe!

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe kicked off last Thursday with another jam-packed programme of theatre, comedy, music, family shows and much, much more. Here’s what’s been happening at the Centre so far:

The fantastic Puppet State Theatre are back with their brand new show Leaf by Niggle, based on a short story by JRR Tolkien. It was quickly recommended by “Richard Medrington is a storyteller’s storyteller, he is masterful at what he does and it is a pleasure to spend seventy-five minutes in his company.” Read our Q&A with Richard.

Loud Poets have welcomed guests including Lloyd C Robinson and Marianne MacRae to the Netherbow stage, hitting us with an hour of high-octane, top-volume poetry. TV Bomb described the collective as “the most reliably entertaining spoken word show at the Fringe”, giving them four stars, while twitter reactions have been just as positive:

Robert Burns: Rough Cut is underway, treating fans of the Bard to a look at his time in Edinburgh, and Men With Coconuts are coming to the end of a short run of ever-hilarious musical improv – be sure to catch them before their last performance on 11 August!

Mara Menzies’ retelling of a 17th century Angolan warrior, Nzinga Warrior Queen, has also been getting excellent reviews. British Theatre Guide said: “It’s a sonorous pleasure, with live percussion accompaniment from Yamil Ferrera who also takes the stage, moving energetically in tandem with Menzies as a visual stand-in for various men in Nzinga’s life.”

In family shows, the delightful Celeste’s Circus has sold out several dates, with the Primary Times saying “There was really nothing not to love in this show”, while Anatomy of the Piano (for Beginners) has charmed music fans young and old.

Erin, Errol & the Earth Creatures have also been getting rave reviews from audiences! Here’s what some customers had to say:

Wearing the Shows Well

Our General Manager Ásta is on a mission to match her outfit to the show she sees each day – follow her progress on twitter and facebook at #astawears.

If you’re popping by the Story Café or coming to see a show, be sure to check out our Fringe exhibition I am not a child, created by graffiti artist Dale vN Marshall with the help of local teenagers who have lived through challenging experiences.

Coming up in Week 2

Café Voices is back for a special Fringe edition with Daniel Serridge on Thursday, plus Cradle King and O is for Hoolet – one of The List’s picks of the Fringe – begins this Friday.

See our Fringe flyer for full details of all shows.